Paleo KC BBQ Sauce

Paleo KC BBQ Sauce | Plaid & PaleoI’m off to Austin today for Paleo f(x) today!! I’m so excited and a little nervous. I’m not the best in big groups. I can be overly shy, which I’m working on. There are so many amazing sessions. Anyone else headed to Austin? What sessions are you most excited to attend? I can’t wait to explore the city more. I went last month for a really quick trip and can’t wait to spend more time there.

In honor of Texas barbecue, I decided my BBQ sauce needed it’s own post! While Texas barbecue is all about the rub, I’m a Kansas girl, and barbecue is all about the sauce. I’ve loved barbecue and barbecue sauce for as long as I can remember. There is just something about a big plate of ribs or brisket smothered in sauce. Unfortunately the sauces I loved didn’t love me back. Most barbecue sauces are packed with sugar and ketchup. This sauce still packs the sweet KC bbq flavor without the refined sugar.

Paleo KC BBQ Sauce | Plaid & Paleo

Paleo KC BBQ Sauce


  • 1 tbls coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbls maple syrup
  • 1 tbls molasses
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh squeezed orange
  • 1 tbls paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 2 tbls dijon mustard
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. In large sauce pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in onions and cook until translucent. Add in all other ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to break up whole tomatoes.
  4. If you like your sauce a little sweeter, you can add in 2 more tablespoons honey.

Recipe adapted from Bravo for Paleo.


food styling by: rachel apple


  1. Donnie Law says:

    Now does this HONESTLY taste like a great spicy barbecue sauce? I’ve been searching for a solution with grilling season coming up.

    I also need to figure out a way to make a paleo general tso’s chicken or paleo spicy asian food.

    have fun at paleo fx!

    • vanessa says:

      It is not too spicy because it was catered toward non-spicy lovers. I am working on a spicy version because I love spicy food! Primal Palate has an amazing general tso’s chicken in Gather! It might be on their site too!

  2. Kelli says:

    Hello Vanessa, I just discovered you blog today, and have been reading all of your recipes and making a list of things I want try. My husband and I are just starting our Paleo journey. Thank you for creating such an awesome blog. This makes me even more excited to cook and try new things!!!!!!!!

    I had a quick question; How long can it be stored in the frig before going bad?

    • vanessa says:

      I’m so excited you found my blog! And congrats on starting Paleo! I kept mine in the fridge in a sealed container for 2 weeks, but you can also freeze it in a bag then dethaw if you want to make a big batch!

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